Hobart three-piece, Heart Beach, are purveyors of sonic escapism, heady and cinematic rock that is described by the band as ocean-pop. Being unfamiliar with Tasmanian culture in general, to say that a Hobart band write music about escape seems like a ‘well, duh’ statement. Although this music is saturated with escapist leanings and a discernable yearning it might not simply be because of the isolation of Heart Beach’s home state – but maybe it is. The band have garnered a bit of attention as feature artist on triple J Unearthed and are looking set to capitalise on the exposure real soon.
‘Away’ is a gaze-y track riddled with melodic harmony. I picture water breaking against seaside cliffs and crisp winds. The lyrics touch on monotony and moving in circles – hypnotic mantras glazed with boredom and introspection. It’s a nice song, one that moves like choppy water before a storm. The band have just released their debut album which I’ll touch on later on, but for now use this as a taster and picture yourself making an escape.